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    Henry McCulloch writes to Jack Hays: "[I] have succeded in keeping the Indians from committing any depredations at Austin"

    [John Coffee "Jack" Hays]. Captain Henry E. McCulloch Autograph Letter Signed to Jack Hays. Three and one-quarter pages, 7.5" x 9.5", Seguin [Texas], October 13, 1847, addressed to "Col. John C. Hays / Genl. Scotts Division / U.S. Army / Mexico." In this letter, McCulloch writes from his home in Seguin to supply Jack Hays with news of his new bride, Susan Calvert, who was staying at the McCulloch home, and of his recent attendance at "the Indian Council at the Waco Village." Peter H. Bell also attended the council. "He is getting on well and is the general favourite of all the troops as far as he is known and as I said to you before the organization he is just the man for your Lt. Col and for us all." Thanks to supporters like McCulloch, Bell served as Hays' lieutenant colonel from July 1847 through July 1848. McCulloch also proudly informs Hays that he has been successful in "keeping the Indians from committing any depredations at Austin or any other point on the frontier assigned me."

    Henry McCulloch's term as captain of McCulloch's Company of Texas Mounted Volunteers, began on October 18, 1846, and was about to end when he wrote this letter (it ended eight days after writing this). But, he writes, "I have been authorized to raise another company for the frontier for 12 months and will try and have it ready to muster in the day I muster out the present comp[an]y." Sure enough, he became captain of Company "H" on October 25 and served in that capacity until December 8, 1848.

    The captain continues his letter, writing about the debt of gratitude he owed to Hays and the upcoming gubernatorial election: "I feel under lasting obligations to you for your friendly interfearance in my favour as a military man and hope that time may offer opportunies for a receprocations of the favours bestowed. . . . There is a good deal of noise made about the Election of Gov. and members of the Legislature on the 1st of next month, but I have been so little in the settlements that I do not know whose prospects are the brightest or who would suit us best." He ends the letter by mentioning an interpreter-"Mr. L. D. F. Edwards"-in "Genl Scot[t]s division transferred from Genl. Wool" and reporting that his brother, Ben McCulloch, is visiting their mother.

    Henry McCulloch (1816-1895) joined the Texas Rangers in the late 1830s, serving with distinction throughout the early 1840s and into the Mexican War. He was also a merchant, taking his business to the town of Seguin, just northeast of San Antonio, in 1844. Later, during the Civil War, he was promoted to a Confederate brigadier general. When he wrote this letter, Jack Hays had just recently arrived in Central Mexico, where he was soon assigned to assault Mexican guerrillas near American-occupied Mexico City.

    Bold ink on toned paper. Smoothed folds. Some stains and minor ink smudging. When Hays broke the seal, some paper was lost, including a few letters of text. A former collector's notations exist below the seal on the fourth integral page.



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    [Transcribed as written.]

     

     

    D[ea]r Col.                                                                                                                          Seguin October 13th, 1847

     

    I sna[t]ch a few moments from my duties and private arrangements to write you a letter, and as Mrs. Hays is of course nearest to you as all else in this country I will commence with her. She spent last evening with us at my own humble house. She is well and seems as much resigned to her situation as any one would suppose, but care has left its imprints on her young cheeks already, and it is plainly visible that your absence is the cause.

     

    Our friend Wilson J. Riddle is no more, he died some 4 weeks since. I saw Mrs. R a few days ago. She seems much dejected, I cincerely sympathise with her and am sure you do the same.

     

    I attended the Indian Council at the Waco Village. The leading men of all the different tribes (except the Lipans) of Indians were present and seem disposed to peace.

     

    I have endeavored to carry out your wishes relative to the frontier service on my part of the line, and so far have succeded in keeping the Indians from committing any depredations at Austin or any other point on the frontier assigned me, and as far as I have heard there has been no depredations commited on the line since you left.

     

    Col. Bell was also at the council. He is getting on well and is the general favourite of all the troops as far as he is known and as I said to you before the organization he is just the man for your Lt. Col and for us all.

     

    I have been authorized to raise another company for the frontier for 12 months and will try and have it ready to muster in the day I muster out the present comp[an]y. The 22nd instant, we have a paymaster at Austin (Majr. Coffee, son of the old Genl) who will accompany me to the Llano and pay off the compy.

     

    I feel under lasting obligations to you for your friendly interfearance in my favour as a military man and hope that time may offer opportunies for a receprocations of the favours bestowed.

     

    Texas has been unusually healthy this season and there has been no sickness in this place at all, all are well.

     

    There is a good dial of noise made about the Election of Gov. and members of the Legislature on the 1st of next month, but I have been so little in the settlements that I do not know whose prospects are the brightest or who would suit us best.

     

    I enclose a copy of an order from Mr. L. D. F. Edwards (who I learn is an interpreter in Genl Scots division transferred from Genl. Wool). on Lt. W. L. Newton who was then Q. M at San Antonio and at the time Edwards gave me the order he had contracted with him for one thousand bushels of corn on Botinians [?] place on the Guadalupe, which Newton was to send for when he wanted the corn, which did not take place before he was relieved from duty by Capt Woll. Consequently he never did . . . [missing text due to torn seal] the corn under that contract, and Mr. E[dwards?] relation a Mr. Barnet disposed of the corn and refused to take up the order.

     

    I wish you would see Edwards and see if he is willing to pay me honestly for the property of mine which he purchased, and if so collect it for me, giving him any kind of receipt or obligation which he may demand to release him from the debt and if he should pay it make any use of the money you would of your own and refund it to me when you get back to Texas, and if you find that you cannot conveniently attend to it for me try and get Mgr. Ford to do it.

     

    Present my respects to my friend Dr. Ford and accept the best wishes of your cencear [sic] friend

     

    Respectfully yours,

    Ob't Servant

    H. E. McCulloch

     

    PS: Ben has gone to . . . [illegible] to see our mother, and I did not get to see him at all. Write to me.

    M.C

     



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